Research 12.06.18 Minutes

Attending:

Andy Boyd; Jackie Berger; Henrik Aratyn; Ping-Shou Zhong; Steven Van Poucke; Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom; Andy Johnson; Ed Zawacki; Himanshu Sharma; Alex Phistry; David DuBois; Lindsey McQuade; Karen Dunn-Lopez

  • Discussion Items
    • NIH S10 Proposal
      • Noted that comments came back and funding will not be given
      • A brief background on what the S10 is was given and it was suggested that UIC plans to resubmit in May
      • The reviewers’ notes were gone over
      • The specifics of what was missing from the proposal were mentioned
      • Discussion on the type of data being considered for this proposal
    • External CIO Report
      • A summary of the oral report from the External CIO Review was given
      • The concerns and suggestions from this review were mentioned
      • Noted that one of the suggestions was for a Vice Chancellor of Innovation to be hired, and that position was filled by TJ Augustine in mid-November
      • Minor discussion on MRI and internal proposals
  • Subcommittees
    • Institutional Stewardship of Data
      • No update at this time
    • ACER
      • Suggested that ACCC supports ACER staff and will continue to do so, but funding is still needed to support some of the operations and basic infrastructure going forward
      • A brief overview of the accomplishments had by ACER in the past five years was given
      • Discussion on funding needs
      • Discussion on UIC storage and research needs
  • Old Business
    • Research Needs for EPIC Electronic Health Records
      • Suggested that UIC is going to have many official walkthroughs for research
      • Noted that EPIC will be coming in January
      • Suggested that research is committed and there is support
    • Follow-Up with OVCR
      • It was mentioned that the VCR is visiting in the Spring and it was suggested that there will be a follow-up with the new VCI
    • HUBzero
      • Suggested that this software looks promising and it was noted that other HPC sectors have started offering it
      • Noted that more time is needed to gather information and an update will be shared at a later date
    • Cambridge Structural Database
      • Suggested that three units are willing to put up money for part of the contract, but there is still an effort to find additional funding
      • Suggested that this platform needs a sustainable finding model which will charge stakeholders based on use
    • Software Sharing and a Need to Host or Coordinate
      • Noted that there was a conversation with Urbana on their Research IT Portal which hosts all information for researchers in one place
      • Noted that Urbana’s IT Portal includes what resources, including trainings, are available
      • Suggested that Urbana uses this portal as a discovery tool
      • Discussion on Urbana’s process and effort in creating this tool
      • A similar effort currently being done within the Education Committee was noted
      • It was asked if any documentation on Urbana’s Research IT Portal be sent to the Research Committee via the listserv to see if there is anything directly applicable to UIC for a stronger proposal going forward
      • Discussion on next steps in creating a proposal
  • New Business
    • NSF MRI Proposals
      • Suggested that this is a mid-scale research infrastructure
      • Suggested that the preliminary proposal is due February 19th and those invited to submit will be asked to submit by May 20th
      • Suggested that these proposals fall into two categories: implementation and design
      • A background on what these proposals should include was given
      • Suggested that proposals must be centered among scientific ideas but mainly focused on infrastructure
      • Noted that it may be up to this committee to facilitate initial discussions or indicate potential users
      • Discussion on the NSF MRI Proposals